By Daniella Flanagan
HOUSTON, TX – To ensure that school children will be prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom this year, the Houston Asian Junior Chamber of Commerce recently donated thousands of dollars worth of school supplies to a chosen school in the Alief School District.
Led by HAJCC President Bonnie Cheng, the donors and organizational partners went to Kennedy Elementary School along Huntington Drive last August 22, and distributed school supplies in backpacks.
Cheng said HAJCC partners with Kennedy want to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and to succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies nationally to kids most in need. She added that by partnering with select organizations and corporations nationwide to obtain resources, schools can directly delivers school supplies to students in need.
Families in need
Unknown to many outside the United States, many American families are struggling. With high unemployment and more than 30 million students enrolled in the free and reduced meal programs, many parents are unable to provide the basic school supplies their children need to be effective.
In addition, schools across the country are facing severe budget cuts and lack the funding to purchase necessary supplies. This is why help is needed.
How can you help
You too can collect supplies for schools and help children in school by giving them the tools they need to succeed. Donate school supplies or, even better, organize your own Equipped to Learn school supply drive.
There are many great reasons to do this project:
- Children start the school year with the tools they need to succeed,
- Teachers are provided with the proper tools for their classrooms so they don’t have to spend money from their own pockets, and;
- Students, teachers and local schools got the support they deserve.
If you know a teacher, principal or school administrator, you can talk to him or her about your idea and find out the school’s supply needs. Or you can call a local school or district and ask the principal what supplies the school may need.
The principal might need to ask the teachers to determine these needs, or they might be happy to receive any school supplies they can get. They’ll let you know.
Give yourself a pat on the back for all of your hard work in your back to school supply campaigns. Remember to thank everyone who helped you – it will make them feel great. While the school supply drive is still fresh in your mind, think about what worked well and what didn’t. That way you can build on your success, if you decide to do this again.
If you need help or advice, you can always reach out to the Houston Jaycees!
About the HAJCC
Houston Asian Junior Chamber of Commerce (HAJCC) was formed in 1988 by a group of young Chinese/Taiwanese American entrepreneurs.
In 1991, HAJCC became affiliated with the US Junior Chamber *US Jaycees” and the Texas Junior Chamber “TX Jaycees”.
In 2001, HAJCC was readmitted into the Jaycees fold after an extensive and successful effort to recruit a new generation of young Asian professionals between the ages of 18 and 41 developing personal and leadership skills and giving them the tools to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service, and international connections.
HAJCC aspire individual members to prepare themselves to undertake social responsibility by offering an array of dynamic programs. Its philosophy is not only about gathering knowledge and acquiring skills, but also using learned knowledge and skills to enhance the human character to make a more dynamic environment.
HAJCC consists of young professionals from various professionals such as banking, engineering, law, investments, and many other fields. It is a well-recognized organization within the Houston Metroplex delivering year round programs and services benefiting the Greater Houston Area.
HAJCC’s vision is ‘to be the leading global network of young active citizens. Its mission is “to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.”
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